LAWRENCEVILLE - A 31-year-old Lawrenceville man remains in jail on charges he stabbed his younger brother to death Friday night with a pocket knife.
Jason Pirkle faces one count of murder for allegedly killing his brother and roommate Tracy Pirkle, 30, during a violent spat at their Hampton Square Drive apartment. He remains at the Gwinnett County Jail without bond. His probable cause hearing is expected later this week.
Tracy Pirkle's wife, Brittany Pirkle, 20, said her husband was stabbed six times - including a fatal jab to the heart - during the 11:30 p.m. incident. He died at Gwinnett Medical Center about an hour later, according to a police report.
The victim's wife is "furious" that police did little to stop her husband from bleeding to death, she said Monday.
Police maintain they acted appropriately.
Brittany Pirkle told police at the scene her husband struck her in the neck, and his brother started fighting him shortly after, according to a police report.
"Ms. Pirkle stated that Tracy had hit her on this occasion as well as numerous others," a responding officer wrote.
But Brittany Pirkle downplayed the domestic spat Monday, saying she "was kind of arguing" with her husband before the alleged fight. She said both men had been drinking beer, and that Jason Pirkle took "many, many" pills of Xanax, a prescription anti-anxiety drug known to heighten the effects of alcohol.
"He was eating them like they were candy," she said.
Brittany Pirkle said her brother-in-law attacked her husband with a wooden stool, and the fight soon spilled from a kitchen, to the living room, to the yard. She shut the front door and held their 3-year-old son aside, while her husband yelled, "You stabbed me ... you stabbed me," she said.
The widow contends that, when Lawrenceville police arrived at 11:34 p.m., officers held her husband at Taser-point on the ground without considering the severity of his wounds.
"No one once tried to stop the bleeding or anything," said Brittany Pirkle. "He laid there and bled to death. Everyone stood around, lollygagged, talked, while my husband lay there bleeding."
Lawrenceville police spokesman Capt. Greg Vaughn said responding officers acted according to protocol by calling EMS immediately.
"I don't know what she would want us to do," said Vaughn. "We're police officers - that's what we do. We call emergency (personnel) for assistance."
Capt. Thomas Rutledge, Gwinnett County Fire Department spokesman, said records show a fire engine and a medical unit, along with other emergency responders, were dispatched to the scene at 11:36 p.m., two minutes after Lawrenceville police reportedly arrived.
Police found Tracy Pirkle in the middle of a parking lot "semi-conscious and (with) shallow breathing," the report said. The officer reported observing "multiple stabs wounds to the victim." Jason Pirkle admitted to the stabbing on scene, the report said.
Friends and family held Tracy Pirkle's visitation Monday afternoon in Buford. His funeral is scheduled for 4 p.m. today at Buford's Broadlawn Memorial Gardens, his wife said.
Tracy Pirkle worked as a manager at Valentine Enterprises in Lawrenceville, his wife said. The couple have two children together, a 3-year-old son and a 4-month-old infant.
Brittany Pirkle said four children were home at the time of the stabbing, including the suspect's own two children. She said the couple let Jason Pirkle move in a couple months ago, after his wife had filed a restraining order against him for aggravated stalking after he threatened her with a knife, she said.
The two men came to blows several weeks ago, but the incident was never reported to police, Brittany Pirkle said.
"My husband loved his brother to death," she said. "He would have done anything in the world for him."